September 7, 2020, 7PM EST — The Institute of the Black World 21st Century in collaboration with the National African American Reparations Commission present a Black Labor Day Forum “The Theft of Black Labor and Extraction of Black Wealth: How the Exploitation and Oppression of Black People Built Capitalist America – The Case for Reparations and HR-40”. Participants include Don Rojas, Nkechi Taifa, Esq., Dr. Ron Daniels, Bill Fletcher, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Nana Dr. Patricia Newton, Dr. Joyce King and Bill Lucy.
The Theft of Black Labor and Extraction of Black Wealth
The Institute of the Black World 21st Century emerged as an outgrowth of the State of the Black World Conference which attracted some 2,500 African American scholars, activists, organizers and concerned individuals to Atlanta in 2001. Convened by a core group of veteran social and political activists led by Dr. Ron Daniels (former Executive Director, National Rainbow Coalition; Deputy Campaign Manager, Jesse Jackson for President, 1988 and Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights), the birth of IBW was more than a decade in the making. Under the auspices of the African American Progressive Action Network (AAPAN) the core group worked together on a number of initiatives after the demise of the National Rainbow Coalition (post Rev. Jackson’s 1988 presidential campaign). The group’s assessment was that there was a need for a mechanism to promote greater cooperation, collaboration and joint work among grassroots, activist and action-oriented organizations that were doing similar work but were disconnected from each other. In the absence of a 60s type civil rights/human rights movement, networking, capacity-building and collaborative/joint work were viewed as an important strategy for fulfilling the unfinished civil rights/human rights agenda for African Americans.
The Institute of the Black World 21st Century was conceived as a resource center and engine for capacity-building and empowerment of Black organizations and communities, utilizing cooperative and collaborative methods and strategies.